Change is inevitable, and the PMP Exam is changing January 1, 2021. PMI recently announced that the exam change date will be moved back by 6 months due to COVID-19.
The PMP exam is changing because the project management industry as a whole is changing and the exam has to change to reflect the changes in the workplace.
Fortunately, there is still plenty of time to write the exam. The last date to write the current version of the PMP Exam is December 31, 2020.
As the nature of project management evolves and continues to develop in new directions, so does the PMP Exam. The new Exam will reflect content spanning a wide spectrum, including predictive, agile and hybrid approaches.
Approximately every 3-5 years, the PMI conducts a study to ensure that the PMP exam is consistent with the roles and responsibilities of project managers.
The last time the PMI made a change to the PMP exam was in 2015, with approximately 25% of the exam content changing. In June 2019, the PMI released new PMP Exam Content outline. Read on to see what the new content looks like.
The PMP Exam content outline provides a basic, but vital, description of the types of questions that are included in the PMP exam.
These questions will focus on the three new domains, covering People, Processes, and the Business Environment. The three domains focus on:
Don’t despair, you won’t be needing a new PMBOK version. The new exam content is evenly split between the traditional PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge), and agile, and hybrid approaches.
The latest version of the PMBOK guide is the Sixth Edition, published in 2017. The Sixth Edition is the current version of the PMBOK guide.
If you plan on taking the PMP exam after July 1, 2020, you can find information on agile practices included alongside traditional approaches in the Sixth edition. More detailed Agile approaches are covered in Agile Practice Guide.
Don’t worry about waiting for the new version of the PMBOK guide. The PMI updates the PMBOK guide approximately every 4 years, meaning the 7th Edition will likely be released in 2021.
Mike Griffiths, co-lead for the 7th Edition of the PMBOK guide, explains that the 7th edition will be “a radical departure from all previous editions aligned with the PMI’s new digital transformation strategy”.
Yes. The PMP exam is changing July 2020, and the majority of the traditional PMBOK material will be found within the Process domain of the exam.
After July 1, 2020, the Exam will include these three Domains:
Domain Questions in Exam No. of Tasks
Total 100% 35
The project management profession has progressed, and the responsibilities of project managers have changed. The new exam reflects the impact of emerging trends, combining traditional predictive PMBOK approaches with agile, and hybrid approaches.
Today’s project managers work in a variety of project environments and employ a variety of project approaches. The 3 domains in the new exam version will test your knowledge and ensure you are ready for the ever-evolving field of project management.
As with the traditional PMBOK Guide, each Domain has related set of tasks. You can read the details of the new PMP Examination Content Outline, a 10 page document, by clicking here. Or, read the domain and tasks summary below.
The People domain makes up 42% of the new exam and has 14 associated tasks. These tasks are:
The Process domain makes up 50% of the new exam and has 17 associated tasks. These tasks are:
The Business Environment domain makes up 8% of the new exam and has 4 associated tasks. These tasks are:
There is still plenty of time to study for the exam before the new changes take effect. Follow these steps to put yourself in the best position possible to pass the current version of the exam:
Keep in mind that once your application is approved, you have one year to pass the exam. Leave yourself plenty of time to prepare, study and write the exam before July 2020.
The PMP exam is changing July 2020, with the last opportunity to take the current version of the exam on July 1, 2020.
The new exam will combine predictive PMBOK approaches with agile, and hybrid approaches.
There are three domains in the new exam, covering People, Processes, and Business Environment.
The new exam will be offered beginning July 1, 2020. Anyone wishing to take the current exam should fill out the application, pay for the exam, and schedule a date.
Remember, there is loads of help on how to fill out the application, create study plans, and practise questions here.